• Islamic Nations Want More Violence Against Women! (And Less Freedom of Expression, of Course)

    Well, this is the Kuwait News Agency. Straight from the horse’s mouth:

    Islamic member states of the United Nations Council for Human Rights (UNHCR) rejected on Friday paragraphs violating the Islamic law in the council’s resolution on the elimination of all forms of violence against women, noting that the member states must make sure that their laws and national policies are consistent with the rejected demands.
    The rejections include the paragraph, which gives women “the right to control matters concerning their sexual lives as well as their reproductive health without coercion, discrimination or violence.” They also rejected the paragraph that allows performing judicial proceedings in cases of rape within marriage, the abolition of provisions that require the matching of certificates and allow the rapist to escape prosecution by marrying him to his victim as well as subduing victims of sexual violence to prosecution for moral crimes or slander.

    How dare you throw the rapist in jail, rather than forcing the victim to marry her attacker!

    The Islamic countries also frowned on the paragraph that urges abortion in the context of the provision of health care services to rape victims, rape avoidance and other forms of violence against women and girls.

    Paging would-be Senator Todd Akin!
    And then, of course, there is this. Reprehensible.

    Yes, I am proud as an American. (As I would be as a citizen of Ireland, France or Canada). And no, no matter how much the relativists ¬†insist, flogging in Saudi Arabia hurts just as much as anywhere else, regardless of their “culture”.

    Category: Secularism

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